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Burton Free Thinker 2018-2024 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style All Mountain Freestyle
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Austria
Shape True Twin
Camber Profile Traditional Camber
Stance Centered
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Poor
Base Glide Good
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Great
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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Burton Free Thinker 2024 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

Burton Free Thinker 2019-2024 Snowboard Video and Written Review

The Burton Free Thinker is a pretty aggressive, stiff, camber mountain freestyle twin that isn’t for everyone.  Some will like it and it pairs well with the Deep Thinker for those aggressive mountain quiver riders.

Update 2024: It seems that the Free Thinker didn’t change much or at all since we reviewed this board so this old ass vid still stands. 

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size: 155
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles,  Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings:  Burton Malavita
Set Up
: 22.5” Centered 15 front -15 back

Size: 157
Days: 1
Conditions: Wet, semi-messy snow
Riders: James, Jimbo, Tim, Peter
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up
:  Centered, almost 23″ 15 front -15 back

Approximate Weight

Felt normal and maybe a touch heavy for its size but weight varies from board to board in the same model/size.


The Burton Free Thinker is very stiff for a twin and it really likes a strong rider underfoot.


Not very easy. None of us could butter it well except for Jimbo. Even Jimbo couldn’t bend the board like he could most other twins though.


The 157 felt the right size for Peter and I.  Jimbo and Tim would be much better off with the 157w or 160w

Camber/On Snow Feel

It’s a locked in, mean aggressive old school camber twin made for riders who are very technical but also like to go big.  It doesn’t like being mellow or cruising and wants to make you pay if you get off your game.  It prefers an aggressive expert but can tolerate an advanced aggressive rider most of the time without hurting them.

Here is a pic of the Burton Free Thinker camber profile to see how high this full camber board arcs in the center.

Burton Free Thinker Camber

Edge Hold

Even Burton Camber boards don’t have the strongest grip game these days but the Burton Free Thinker seems like it will grip a touch better than most camber rides in their line. We didn’t have much hard snow to test with so can’t say for sure though.

Turn Initiation

The Burton Free Thinker is very quick slapping it back and forth edge to edge but then it slows down when you are engaged in the turn.  It seems to like long narrow S turns and straight lines best.  Once on edge, it doesn’t like to turn a tight radius.

Turning Experience

It’s camber so it pops well and it’s pretty fun to turn but it felt so stiff for a twin that it didn’t really have an amazing turning experience. Burton makes a ton of great turning boards so it’s up against really high expectations though.  I’d say it’s more for straight lining than making good turns.


The Burton Free Thinker is a pretty good carver because it’s camber but it felt like it didn’t carve in a tighter radius turn the way we wanted it to.

Skidded Turns

If you aren’t a good rider and skid your turns a lot the Burton Free Thinker could fuck you up like a closed minded bigot.


It’s a fast twin and right on par with the Deep Thinker for its size.

Uneven Terrain

Not super forgiving in uneven terrain and I wouldn’t like to go riding in messy resort snow with this on a Saturday.


It would be scary.  Get the Deep Thinker for that.


It’s a true twin so it’s great both ways.


One of the last Twin’s I’d personally like to jib with.


Could be a good pipe board but we didn’t try it.


The Burton Free Thinker requires some strength to pop this. However, if you give this some strong ollie power it will respond in kind and give you some big air.  It doesn’t like riders who aren’t strong and it acts plankish and dead if you aren’t.

All in all the Burton Free Thinker isn’t free and easy like the name but instead encourages aggressive free thinking for that mountain freestyle rider. So not for everyone but some would like it if they want a bomber twin from Burton.

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Burton Free Thinker User Reviews

Burton Free Thinker 2018-2024 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Great board

Feb 08, 2021 by Mario
Ability Level: Expert • 
Riding Style: All mountain to Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: +50 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6´2´´, 220, US11 

I bought this board, 160W, two years ago, 18/19 version, mainly for riding all over the mountain, with hitting some kickers. Had it paired with Genesis ReFlex and IONs. Well, as the review says, this is pretty stiff board, flex around 7-8. It's very poppy, aggressive and precise. Learning new tricks is a bit difficult as it isn't very forgiving. You really need to be at top of your game all the time when riding it. Definitely, not for an intermediate rider who occasionally skid turns. Switch is pretty easy, carves pretty well too, but as with almost all Burton boards, it does lose the grip a bit on icy hard pack. This can be fixed by edge tuning. When it comes to buttering you may have a hard time as it's quite difficult to butter around, it does need to be loaded up a lot. Eventually, I ended up selling this board as it was a bit too much for my liking and didn’t work for me. This is a great board for an advance freestyler ready to hit 50 or so booters.

4.0 4.0 1 1 I bought this board, 160W, two years ago, 18/19 version, mainly for riding all over the mountain, with hitting some kickers. Had it paired with Genesis ReFlex and IONs. Well, as th Burton Free Thinker 2018-2024 Snowboard Review

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